Title Eight Winter Nights
Author Liz Maverick
Last year, Rachel Bacharach met the man of her dreams at a Hanukkah party — and then her outgoing best friend Tamara swooped in and “called” Oz Caplan for herself. It’s a typical outcome for the dependable, bookish Rachel, who is never able to extinguish the spark she immediately felt for Oz. But being secretly in love with her best friend’s boyfriend all year hasn’t been easy.
As this year’s party approaches, Oz and Tamara break up. It’s a worst-case scenario when Oz asks Rachel to help him write Tamara love letters to win her back in time for their Hanukkah anniversary. Rachel’s been writing love letters to Oz in her journals for a year; she knows all the words he would need. But will Rachel be able to hide her true feelings from Oz any longer? And might this year’s party finally be Rachel’s chance to trust her heart and put everything on the line for love?
Release Date November 24, 2020
I stumbled upon this book in my Audible recommendations email and thought it sounded cute. I haven’t read many Hanukkah-centric rom-coms and I wanted to change that.
Some Things I Liked
- Quick listen. This audiobook is under 3 hours so I listened to it in under 1.5 and that was perfect. I wasn’t looking for something crazy long and this was the right story to tell in that length of time.
- Dual narrators. I loved that we got to hear from both Oz and Rachel and the narrators were perfect for each of them.
- Hanukkah inspired story. Honestly, I don’t read enough non-Christmas stories around the holidays and this was a welcome change. I can’t wait to put this on my Holiday recommendations list.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- I was surprised how well Tamara took the whole breakup and finding out about her best friend’s secret love for her boyfriend. I found the casualness a bit off-putting.
There’s not much more to say about Oz and Rachel so I don’t think they have series potential. However, the tight knit community they’re part of sounds like it could be fun to read more about. I’d keep reading if Liz Maverick wanted to write a spinoff about Sarah, Tamara, or Elliot.
I liked this book. I found Tamara to be a little weird which reduced my enjoyment by one star, but overall, this was a solid holiday audiobook.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Recommended for You by Laura Silverman – if you want another Hanukkah inspired rom-com but are looking for something more YA, try this standalone.
- The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – if you’re looking for another quick, holiday themed Audible Original, look no further than this enemies to lovers treasure.